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Berkeley Lab: U.S. PV contract prices fell below $50/MWh in 2015

The national lab’s latest report finds ongoing declines in PV system prices, with residential system prices falling to $4 per watt in 2015.

Israel advances bill to cut rooftop solar tax

Israeli Knesset

The legislation aims to encourage investment in renewable energy. Supporters say the bill will help Israeli households generate clean energy and reduce their costs of living while increasing solar power generation in the...

Vector Cuatro opens new office in Chile

Solar PV plant, Vector Cuatro

The Spanish solar PV technical advisory group is expanding operations in Latin America, citing strong growth in the region. The company, part of Italy's Falck Renewables Group, has 10 offices worldwide.

DESRI acquires 11 MW California PV project

The Sacramento Kings

The Rancho Seco Solar Project, located on the site of a decommissioned nuclear power plant, marks the latest deal between D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments and First Solar.

Phoenix Solar posts 34% revenue increase, narrows net loss

Phoenix Solar Messe Muenchen rooftop solar PV array

The German solar company expects a return to profitability this year following a strong performance in the first half of 2016.

First Solar reports strong Q2 results

While barely remaining in the black due to restructuring charges, First Solar reported 100% capacity utilization and increased revenues during Q2.

Renewables comprised 15% of Mexico’s electricity generation in 2015

Last year 56 MW of solar PV was installed, which brings the nation’s cumulative capacity to 170 MW.

A lot of skepticism: Mercom's Raj Prabhu on the pending Tesla/SolarCity merger

On Sunday, the boards of Tesla Motors and SolarCity agreed to the terms of Tesla’s acquisition of the solar company. And while this deal still is still awaiting votes by shareholders of both companies to go forward, there are...

H2 2016 solar slowdown will preface 10% global contraction in 2017, says GTM

Solar park in Europe.

Analysts expect installations in China, U.K. and Japan to slow over the second half of the year, but U.S. project spillover and India's large pipeline will hold course despite global slowdown forecast for 2017.

JinkoSolar signs three PPAs for 188 MW of solar in Mexico

Solar power farm in Mexico.

The Chinese solar power firm has signed long-term power purchase agreements with Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission for three solar projects awarded in April's inaugural power auction.

University of West of England to install largest single rooftop PV array in UK higher education sector

Frenchay Campus, on the outskirts of Bristol, will soon host the largest single-rooftop PV array across the U.K.'s higher education spectrum.

The university in Bristol has announced plans for a 450 kW solar installation atop its Enterprise Zone and Robotics Laboratory. Once complete the array will be the largest on any university in Britain.

Enphase reports third quarter of losses in Q2 2016

The microinverter maker has pursued price reduction to gain market share, but has not turned a profit since Q3 2015.

Spain: Extremadura submits public information of a 500 MW solar project

Spain national flag. Flickr image by Cesarastudillo.

The project is located in the municipality of Usagre, in the southwest of Spain.

HPQ Silicon invests in PyroGenesis' PUREVAP technology for polysilicon production

Solar grade polysilicon.

The Canadian material exploration company has acquired the intellectual property for the PUREVAP process, as well as a pilot plant from PyroGenesis, to produce solar grade silicon metal from quartz.

Hevel begins construction on a 15 MW PV plant in Russia

Hevel solar park in Russia

Russia’s largest integrated solar company, Hevel LLC, has begun construction on a 15 MW solar PV plant in Russia’s Saratov Region, as the company continues to expand both its project pipeline and its manufacturing capability.

Exclusive: Solarworld CEO Frank Asbeck breaks silence on Hemlock dispute

Solarworld CEO Frank Asbeck

Solarworld CEO Frank Asbeck speaks to pv magazine in his first extensive interview on the recent finding against the company in its legal dispute with Hemlock Semiconductor. A supremely confident Asbeck explains why he doesn't...

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